Have you made plans for Mother’s Day on May 8? Are you looking for a unique and free event? How about a fun-filled, outdoor walk full of enlightening conversation about the things going on around Spencer Smith and Beachway parks? You’re in luck as members of the Burlington Sustainable Development Committee (SDC) have done all the planning for you!
On Sunday, May 8, from 1 to 3 p.m., the SDC will be hosting a Jane’s Walk between Spencer Smith Park and the Beachway Pavillion. I bet you’re asking what’s Jane’s Walk and who’s Jane? Well, Jane’s Walks are free walking tours with the goal of bringing people together to learn about and celebrate neighbourhoods. Sounds fun, right? And, they are named after Jane Jacobs who was an activist on urban issues.
Since the walks can be themed around any topic of interest, the SDC members naturally chose to concentrate on sustainability issues. Along the walk, there will be stops where local leaders will share their knowledge and help to kick-start the conversation. Topics to be covered include:
- Spencer Smith Park – How does one go about maintaining such a highly used park and what improvements are being planned?
- Joseph Brant Hospital Redevelopment and Expansion Project – What are the ‘green’ features of this project?
- Lakeshore Road Urbanization and Reconstruction – I know, everyone hates “construction season” but the end results will be great!
- Burlington Beach Regional Waterfront Park Master Plan – There will be so much going on over the next twenty years or so. Did you know that there are sand dunes in Burlington? You don’t see those everyday!
- Beachway Restoration planting projects – Learn about past and future planting projects.
- Halton Region Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant – While we won’t be getting into all the details as to what really happens when you flush the toilet, overall work done to the plant to improve water quality will be highlighted.
Have I convinced you to join the free walk on May 8? If so, meet the group at the compass (as seen in the photo below) which is located on the lakeside of the Discovery Centre building in Spencer Smith Park (near the Rotary Pond). The walk begins at 1 p.m. and is scheduled to end by 3 p.m. Look for the people wearing lime green Take Action Burlington t-shirts. The walk will take place rain or shine!
Did you know there are water refilling stations along the walking route? Well now you know so feel free to bring your reusable water bottle and refill it along the route!
Additional Jane’s Walk events in Burlington
In addition to the Jane’s Walk being led by the members of the Burlington Sustainable Development Committee, there are other walks taking place in Burlington between May 6 and May 8. Please visit www.janeswalk.org/canada/burlington to see if there is one taking place in your neighbourhood.
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